Members of the KNEC Disability Mainstreaming Committee (DMC) attending a training at Kyaka Hotel Machakos 20th -24th December 2020
The reconstituted KNEC Disability Mainstreaming Committee underwent training in line with the requirements of the Persons with Disability Act of 2003.
The Persons with Disability Act 2003, insists on the training of Committee members to enable them understand their mandate and be focal persons on issues of disability mainstreaming in the institutions where they work.
The training took place at Kyaka Hotel, Machakos County on 20th-24th December 2020. It was conducted by the Gender and Disability Development Centre. The DM committee also reviewed the 2016 KNEC Disability Mainstreaming Policy.
Speaking during the training the Program Director GDDC Mr. Richard Nasongo, reminded members of the importance of disability mainstreaming in institutions. Mr Nasongo emphasized that PWD Act 2003 binds institutions, to mainstream issues of disability. Disability mainstreaming is based on the HR principle of equality and non- discrimination in the workplace.
ICT accessibility needs to be accorded the same seriousness by institutions as access to physical environments/facilities. UNCRPR Article 9 (g), requires member states to take measures that promote access for PWDs to new information and communication technologies. The Provisions of Article 120(c) of the treaty establishing the East Africa Community also recognizes ICT as a crucial element in the realization of inclusivity in development.
Mr. Nasongo also proposed the creation of alternative website links for Persons with Disability to access information in the correct format. He recommended that the inclusion of features such as colour schemes, zooming and pictures with captions on the website and requested members to benchmark with institutions such as KRA, KISE and IRA that already have adapted website links for PWD.
Ms. Phoebe Nyagudi, the Deputy Director and Head of Disability Department of Social Protection, said training on disability mainstreaming at the workplace reminded DMC members of their mandate to ensure all staff are sensitized on disability issues.
It is necessary for HR to avail all job application forms in alternative formats to ensure equal access. Pre-interview sessions for PWDs to understand what they may require during the actual interview is recommended. Front office staff being critical in the handling of persons with disability who visit an institution should be in the frontline for training on disability mainstreaming.
On her part, the Director Corporate Affairs and Programs at GDDC, Ms Carolyne Afandi reminded members that it is their responsibility to ensure institutions observe inclusivity in preparation and dissemination of information by creating an enabling supportive and effective communication environment using available communication means to ensure PWD are heard.
The following are DMC members- Epha Ngota (Chairperson) Philip Kakui, Moses Mukembu, Tobias Kisule, Fred Kianga, David Ong’ai, Selline Agunda, Jane Nobai, Elias Chepkieng and Josephine Renja.